There are many meanings to be learned when several cards of the same value come together. It is important to know these thoroughly. Of course the cartomante will find out various meanings, and will use their significations as the cards become more familiar, in addition to such meanings as may be learned from this book.Cecily Kent, Telling Fortunes By Cards
Combination by value, also known as multiples, is a traditional interpretive technique found in classical cartomancy with suited cards.
The combination refers to the coming together of multiple values, such as three kings or two aces, in a reading.
For example, if you have both the Stork and the Road cards in a line of five that is two queens. Within the system I follow, two queens is associated with a female friend. That interpretation can be considered in reading and will often add nuance or clarification to the central interpretation.
As the combinations are judged out of four, multiples can solely be used in readings of four or more cards.
In the Grand Tableau, as all the cards will be dealt, multiples cannot be judged based on appearance. Instead the cartomantes will either consider multiples in specific lines (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) or by touching the Significator or other key cards. I do not often note multiples in GT unless the fall with the Significator or in the main lines.
For example, in the Lady card had the Cloverleaf, the Stars, and the High Tower touching her that would be three sixes. The cartomante can consider this when delineating the Significator. If the House and the Fish fell in the same row as the Significator I would read these, too.
The Numerical Combinations
4 – fortune (good luck).
3 – moderate success.
2 – lies and deception.
4 – an honour.
3 – good counsel.
2 – favour and a male friend.
4 – negotiations, debates.
3 – a female rival.
2 – a female friend (either romantic or platonic, a woman helper).
4 – an outbreak (a household getting sick, or even an epidemic).
3 – disputes (often with a horrible man).
2 – disquiet in affairs (warning that things could go bad).
4 – criminal record (a past).
3 – new station (new job, promotion).
2 – a change of scene (positive, holiday, move).
4 – a trustworthy person, friend.
3 – success, green light.
2 – some money received.
4 – reverse (a break up).
3 – a marriage.
2 – concord.
4 – plot (intrigue, gossip).
3 – ill health (for the client).
2 – tête-à-tête (being told minor news).
4 – strength (virility and health, feeling well).
3 – a lot of money.
2 – malicious actions.
Court Card Couples:
In addition to the above, the cartomante can note the coming together of the court cards of the same suit, e.g. the Lilies, the Flowers and the Child as they are the King, Queen and Knave of Spades, respectively. Unlike a regular combination of values, these must touch. That can be either horizontally, vertically and diagonally.
It is rare to see the King, the Queen, and the Knave of one suit touching. However, when they do so, they denote the presence of a family.
If the client was male and married and the trio were the Lilies, the Flowers and the Child, then one can be confident it is his partner’s family. Had it been the House, the Stork and the Heart cards it would be his own. The court cards from the suit of Diamonds and Clubs would indicate no consanguinity or familial connection.
More common is the appearance of a King and Queen. For example, one of the GTs to be discussed on the blog had the Clouds and Serpent as the first two cards.
These are the King and Queen of Clubs, respectively. Their presence indicates a couple and as such suggests that “couple” will be relevant or involved in the reading.
The couple need not be heterosexual.
Look at these seven cards:
The Stars, the Cloverleaf and the High Tower are all sixes. Three sixes indicate a lot of money. There is also two queens, showing a female friend. We also see that the House and the Stork touching: a couple.
These can all be used in the main reading.
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